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EECS News: Kicking the Cloud(s)

Jan 14, 2011, 03:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gregg Kleiner)

"Alex Polvi's career trajectory — from his first job running a chain saw on his family's Christmas tree farm outside tiny Amity, Oregon, through various student positions in computer science at Oregon State University, to being CEO of a recently acquired Silicon Valley startup — has been nothing short of stratospheric.

"Stratospheric seems a fitting term, given the software company that Polvi, 25, and two other OSU Beavers conceived, cofounded, and cashed-out within just two years is called Cloudkick and deals with the stratosphere of cyberspace: cloud computing.

"Cloud computing enables companies to utilize the Internet to tap server space, software tools, and other resources on-demand, instead of tying up capital to own computing power, storage solutions, and software that are needed only at certain times. Cloudkick's product is a set of highly visual and easy-to-use tools that enables system administrators to better monitor, analyze, and manage the resources they use in the cloud."

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